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Isle of Wight CCG powers could be lost to the mainland

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Some NHS commissioning activities will now be undertaken with other CCGs in Hampshire and NHS England.

Wednesday, 23rd May, 2018 2:17pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter

Southampton gets cash to make 145 city buses greener

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This latest news ties in with the introduction of a Clean Air Zone charge in Southampton, as reported by OnTheWight last year.

Wednesday, 23rd May, 2018 1:45pm

By William Rimell, Local Democracy Reporter

Improvements needed at Isle of Wight care home with ‘lack of consideration’

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Although CQC inspectors found the Isle of Wight residential care home ‘good’ in responsiveness, it requires improvement in all other areas — safety, effectiveness, care and the leadership at the home.

Wednesday, 23rd May, 2018 1:12pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter

Isle of Wight RIBs being built for British Antarctic Survey

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Well done to Island RIBs, an Isle of Wight boat builder, who have recently been commissioned to build two boats for the British Antarctic Survey.

Wednesday, 23rd May, 2018 10:19am

By Waterline Media

Body found in the search for missing Danny Johnston

Danny Johnston missing veteran from IW

Have you seen Danny Johnston? He went missing from Bognor Regis on Sunday and as he is from the Isle of Wight, it's thought he may have returned. Please call 101 if you have seen him.

Tuesday, 22nd May, 2018 9:34pm

By Sally Perry

WATCH: Isle of Wight written and shot comedy sketch snapped up by BBC3

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Anyone who's been to an elaborate wedding will relate to the sentiment behind this comedy sketch written, filmed and featuring Islanders which is now showing on BBC3 Facebook page.

Tuesday, 22nd May, 2018 8:49pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Isle of Wight Studio School: ‘Listening period’ for closure plans comes to an end

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Campaigners say if the regional schools commissioner accepts the proposal to close the school, despite hundreds of students, parents, businesses and organisations putting forward strong and valid arguments, he won't have ‘listened’.

Tuesday, 22nd May, 2018 5:01pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with one comment

Isle of Wight care home given clean bill of health by CQC

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The care home was described as 'homely' and people living there were found to be supported by kind, caring and compassionate staff.

Tuesday, 22nd May, 2018 4:36pm

By Sally Perry

Massive increase in Beach Hut leasing prices by Isle of Wight council (Updated)

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The council are jacking the cost of leasing a beach hut by up to four times. Not only that, but the minimum lease length is tripling to 10 years, which the council are spinning as "more attractive and beneficial".

Tuesday, 22nd May, 2018 3:46pm

By IW Council Press Office with one comment

Isle of Wight has highest proportion of home educated children in country

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Almost one in 50 children on the Isle of Wight are home schooled, making it the highest proportion in the UK.

Tuesday, 22nd May, 2018 2:35pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 4 readers' comments

Newport Parish Council celebrates its first ten years

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On the tenth anniversary of the formation of Newport Parish Council, OnTheWight shares a potted history of the council and what it's achieved and who has been involved.

Tuesday, 22nd May, 2018 12:44pm

By Laura Jones with one comment

Celebrate (USA’s) Maritime Day with a trip to the Classic Boat Museum Gallery

joe carstairs - with joe harris - classic boat museum

In the United States today, they have a national holiday celebrating the birth of their maritime industry. We take a look at one American who had a big impact on the industry on the Isle of Wight back in the 1920s.

Tuesday, 22nd May, 2018 11:21am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments